Service-rich Housing Can Help Returning Citizens Thrive in DC

Re “It does not have to be this way’: Report slams services for former inmates returning to D.C.” published in the Washington Post The Council for Court Excellence is right that there are major hurdles for returning citizens in Washington, D.C. Its report “Beyond Second Chances” makes the case that the District lacks affordable housing and supportive services necessary to help …

Resident Spotlight: Margaret Wanjui

At the end of this year, Margaret Wanjui will step down from the Jubilee Housing Board of Directors after many years of service. “Margaret brought a special spirit that reminds us of our call and our essence with every word she speaks. She will be missed on the Board of Directors,” said Barbara Moore, Jubilee Housing Board member and cofounder. …

Resident Spotlight: Samuel Buggs

When Samuel Buggs was 16 years old, he was incarcerated for the first time. He didn’t leave prison until he was 31. Without job prospects and a network of support, Samuel slipped back into many of the destructive habits that got him incarcerated in the first place—abusing drugs and alcohol, breaking the law, spending more time in prison. But at …

Resident Spotlight: Masi Sithole

For as long as he can remember, Masipula “Masi” Sithole has loved music. But it took on a new meaning in 2004, when he was diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder. That, coupled with his bipolar disorder, meant he was destined to spend a lot of time in hospitals. “Music was a saving grace for me when I started realizing …

Books, Boats, and Backpacks: Summer at Jubilee Youth Services

Whether it’s through reading books, paddling down the Shenandoah River, or shopping for school supplies,  Jubilee Youth Services (JYS) summer program is filled with opportunities for kids to have fun while fighting summer learning loss. “Summer learning loss is one of the most significant causes of achievement gap between many lower income youth and their higher income counterparts,” said Sylvia …

DHCD Invests $7.5 Million to Preserve Jubilee Housing Maycroft Apartments

Investment Keeps 64 Apartment Units Affordable in Ward 1 Washington, DC – August 1, 2016 – Jubilee Housing, a 43-year-old organization that provides service-enriched affordable housing to nearly 800 low-income residents in Ward One of the District of Columbia, recently closed on a $7.5 million acquisition loan from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The loan will …

New $15 Million Fund Will Finance Creation of More Affordable Housing in DC

Washington, DC – July 13, 2016 – To boost the ability of nonprofit developers to create more affordable housing in the District of Columbia, The Jubilee Manna Community Development Enterprise (CDE) has created a $15 million Justice Housing Opportunity Fund. The fund, which is an innovative use of its New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) will finance multiple affordable housing projects …

Resident Spotlight: Antonio Brown

With five years of Jubilee Youth Services (JYS) under his belt, graduating senior Antonio Brown is ready to move on to college this fall as part of the Jubilee to College (JTC) scholarship program. “I am excited to meet new people and try new things in college, but I am going to miss everyone at Jubilee Youth Services,” he said. …

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Conducts Listening Session with Platform of Hope Participants

Last week, Jubilee Housing, along with Platform of Hope partners Life Asset, Capital Area Asset Builders, and Jubilee Jobs, were excited to welcome staff from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to listen to participants of the Platform of Hope (PoH) credit building program talk about barriers they have faced in accessing credit. “For some people hearing other experiences around …

A Unique Jubilee Experience: Dinner at the Maycroft Apartments

On May 16, we opened the doors of our Maycroft Apartments for a unique Jubilee Experience: dinner and conversation around making our city affordable and available to all. We were fortunate to bring over 120 business, civic, and community leaders together to learn from each other and begin or deepen relationships. Guests were seated around small dinner tables in vacant Maycroft apartment units. Within …